James W. Murdoch

Attorney at Law

A native New Englander and founding member of the firm, Jim settled in Vermont after law school. He has been practicing since 1968, concentrating in areas of divorce and family law, and federal and state criminal defense. Today, Jim primarily focuses on divorce and family law, and state criminal defense.

Jim is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only fellowship of experienced trial lawyers recognized for their mastered art of advocacy and exceptional professionalism. For more than 20 years, Jim’s peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and in New England Super Lawyers in the areas of family law and criminal law. His peers have recognized Jim as Vermont’s Family Law Attorney of the Year and Criminal Defense (white collar) Attorney of the Year.

He has numerous reported criminal cases involving the constitutionality of Vermont’s rape shield law, possession of ecstasy, prosecutorial misconduct in a child sex abuse case. He also has numerous reported family cases involving pension division, alimony, and child relocation issues.

Jim serves as an acting judge in the Vermont criminal courts, lectures frequently on family and criminal law issues, and acts as a mediator in select divorce and family law cases. He is a Past President of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Past Chairman of both the Vermont Bar Association’s Family Law and Criminal Law Committees. Jim has also been a member of various committees including the Parker Commission for the Unified Courts of Vermont and the Chittenden County Family Court Advisory Committee.

Memberships, Affiliations, and Publications

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Fellow
Chittenden County Bar Association (CCBA)
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VTACDL) (Past President)
Vermont Association for Justice (VTAJ)
Vermont Bar Association (VBA)

  • Boston University, L.L.B., 1968 Middlebury College, A.B., 1965 Certified Early Neutral Evaluator, U.S. District Court, 1999 Army National Guard Training (relative to family issues during deployment)